Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Anti-Trump/Anti-Hindu activists defame Hindu Holidays, side with Islamist Tyranny

Saturday, Oct 15th, 2016 - A crowd of nearly 10,000 Hindus assembled to hear Donald Trump speak at the Republican Hindu Coalition rally in Edison, New Jersey.  Donald Trump let the Hindus of American know that under his presidency they would have a friend in the White House and that he would make the USA and India "best friends".  


However the rally was attended by a leftist protest group known as the "Alliance for Justice and Accountability" (AJA), many of the members being students of the City University of New York (CUNY). The main purpose of the AJA is to demonize Hinduism as being inherently caste based, and also to promote the proven to be false claim that the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, conducted a genocide against Muslims in his home state of Gujarat.  But the group has also taken a special interest in defaming and spreading false information about the Hindu holiday of Diwali, specifically claiming that Diwali is a holiday that celebrates genocide. 

In 2002, when Modi was the Minister of Gujarat state, a mob of more than 30 Muslims set fire to a train full of Hindu pilgrims, including women and children, killing 59 people. Due to the heinousness of the act, and because it was a targeted attack on Hindus, spontaneous riots broke out across the state of Gujarat, leaving more than 1,000 Muslims dead. Many tried to accuse Narendra Modi of orchestrating these riots against Muslims, however a Special Investigation Team (SIT) found no evidence against Modi and no court in India would take the case. Hillary Clinton herself tried to get Modi convicted of genocide, but even after enlisting several NGO's to look for evidence of mass Muslims graves, all she was able to come up with were piles of old buffalo bones! No investigative team, inside or outside of India, was able to find evidence that Modi planned a genocide against the Muslims of his state because he didn't, these were spontaneous riots created by Muslims who decided to burn a train full of mothers and babies. 


One AJA group members, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, spoke to the Gurdian News at the event and made it clear that the group sides with the Islamist tyranny of Pakistan against secular and democratic India. Referring to the nearly 100,000 Hindus who have been cleansed from the district of Kashmir by Pakistani backed Muslim militants since 1989, the Guardian reports: 

Soundararajan criticized how the RHC framed violence in Kashmir as a conflict that pits the aggrieved Hindu victim against Islam in a disputed territory embroiled in an ongoing struggle for self-determination.

Pakistan, the nation responsible for initiating the anti-Hindu pogroms in Kashmir, is a constitutional Islamic Republic where only a Muslim can become the President. State sponsored textbooks routinely demonize non-Muslims and non-Muslims are often the victims of the state's anti-blasphemy laws. According to a report by the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan, nearly 1,000 non-Muslim young girls are abducted, raped and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan every year; these forced marriages are usually upheld by Pakistan's Islamist courts. This is the "Islam" Soundararajan is referring to in her above statement, Pakistani supported Islamism.  India on the other hand is of course a non-religious democracy where anyone can become president and there is no state sponsored oppression of any religion. 


Besides being a friend of Pakistani Islamism, Thenmozhi Soundararajan is also a self-proclaimed "Dalit" or "untouchable".  She goes by the name "Dalit Diva" on twitter. The Vedas never prescribe any "caste system", and there is certainly no such word as "Dalit" in the Vedas, however, at some times and in some places in Hinduism, there has been the erection of caste systems which were discriminatory.  The caste system in Hinduism can be analogized to the "Curse of Ham" in Christianity.  During certain periods of Christian history, it was taught that black skin was a curse from god upon the descendants of a villainous biblical character named Ham, however the curse of Ham is not found in the bible and is a superfluous doctrine which arose during certain periods of time in Christian history. The same is true with the caste system, there is no law of caste in the Vedas, just as there are no dogmas in the decentralized and pluralistic faith of Hinduism.  With our many holy books and disparate gurus, Hindus are free to choose their own theological path and many today have completely abandoning the caste system out of free choice. Thenmozhi Soundararajan calls herself a "Dalit" by choice, no Hindu at the Trump event or in America (any many not in India) would give her this label. 

If Thenmozhi Soundararajan were simply drawing attention to the discriminatory doctrine of caste and making arguments for why it should be abandoned, she would find no opposition among most Hindus. But that is not Thenmozhi Soundararajan's agenda, her agenda is to promote a false racialization of Hinduism and defame Hindu holidays as being celebrations for genocide. In her statement to the guardian, the "Dalit Diva" says:

Soundararajan said the event’s celebration of Diwali suggested that attendees were mostly upper caste, thus excluding South Asian communities who have been marginalized by the caste system, which places people into a hierarchy based on birth and has been used to oppress lower caste and Dalit communities in India and the diaspora.“Diwali and Dussehra are both upper-caste holidays that celebrate the death of tribals and the ascent of Aryan culture over Dravidian culture,” said Soundararajan, a Dalit American artist and activist. “In many ways Dalit communities do not celebrate this event – it’s literally about the killing of our people.”
Soundararajan's statement shows she subscribes to the fallacious "Aryan vs Dravidian" myth which states that northern Indians are "Aryans" who invaded India and imposed "Hinduism" upon the southern Indians who she refers to as "Dravidians".  However, there is one problem with Soundararajan's theory and that is DNA evidence proves there are no genetic distinctions between northern and southern Indian, all Indians today are pretty much the same ethnicity, genetically! If there were ever an "Aryan" invasion as Soundararajan claims (a disputed theory), then this Aryan race has since completely disappeared, mixed throughout India, and Soundararajan herself is just as "Aryan" and "Dravidian" as any other Indian of any caste or color (give or take 20%). 

Now if this bygone race of "Aryans" did ever exist (against a disputed theory), then they did not practice "Hinduism" but something called "Vedism", meaning they believed only the the Vedic gods. However Hinduism today is not Vedism, it is Hinduism because it is a blend of Vedic gods and tribal gods, tribal rituals and tribal practices. Many sects of Hindus, including many Shiavites, do not even recognize the Vedas as authoritative, yet they are still considered Hindus. So "Hinduism" is just as mixed "Aryan" and "Dravidian" as any Indian bloodline. 

So with this information in play, how does Soundararajan try to state that the Hindu holiday of Diwali celebrates genocide?  The Guardian article links to a resource which implied that the story of Diwali found in the Ramayana, where the Hindu hero Rama goes to the south of India to defeat the demonic king Ravana, is actually a story of northern Indian supremacy over South India.  However there is a really big hole in this accusation, and that is the fact the the writer of the story, Valmiki, was himself a Hindu from South India and also a "Dalit".  Why would a southern Indian write a narrative of south Indian inferiority?  Also, Ravana is not considered evil or bad by Hindus, he is celebrated for being a learned scholar of religion and sciences and a good ruler, he was only a bit arrogant and fell from grace by kidnapping women. Indeed, in the Ramayana, king Ravana himself obtains moksha (holy liberation) because in the end he was able to recognize his weaknesses.  Diwali celebrates this divine play, the triumph of good over evil, of wisdom over arrogance, and not some racial or ethnic cleansing. Anyone interested in learning about the story behind Diwali can watch the Ramayana in English at the link below.


So in conclusion we can say that Thenmozhi Soundararajan and her fellows as the Association for Justice and Accountability are simply manufacturing false accusation against Modi and against Hinduism.  Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a "Dalit" because she wants to call herself that, even though genetically she is closely related to every other Indian Hindu on earth, and many Hindus would never categorize her or themselves as any caste whatsoever... just as Hindus, period. As for Soundararajan's claim that Diwali celebrates south Indian genocide, well she will need to take that up with the south Indian poet who wrote the story, Valmiki.  In reality, the likes of Soundararajan and her ilk at AJA will have no logical explanation for their absurd theories, because they are not trying to show truth, they are simply anti-Hindu and will do anything to spread hatred of anything which does not fit their leftist narrative. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Umm... @HuffPo, no that is NOT Lord Vishnu, It's Donald Trump

, Umm... no that is NOT Lord Vishnu, It's Donald Trump

Two days ago Huffington Post writer Adrija Bose  posted an article about #HindusForTrump insinuating that our now notorious nascent logo depicted USA presidential candidate Donald Trump as the Hindu god Vishnu, Lord of Preservation. Indeed, the title of her article is "Trump As Lord Vishnu? How Hindus In America Are Campaigning For Donald Trump".  Ms. Bose went on to make the subtle yet incendiary accusation that we had replaced our Hindu gods with Donald Trump instead:
Obviously, these intrepid 'Hindus' were not very worried about their revered deities - which include heavyweights like Brahma and VishnuSaraswati and Lakshmi - having a meltdown over Trump taking their place in the display picture.
So inflammatory and outrageous was this projection by Ms. Bose that within two days the claim that Hindus For Trump was disrespecting our Hindu gods and causing outrage could be found on literally a dozen blogs and other tabloids such as the New York Post, International Business Times, Scroll India, and the India Times. The unfounded and completely illogical claim that we were deifying Donald Trump brought rebukes and abuses to our Facebook Page and Twitter Account from every race, ethnicity, religion and political persuasion.  The utterly false and ridiculous claim even brought comment from the Hindu American Political Action Committee (HAPAC) who stated that our depiction of Donald Trump as a "Hindu Deity" was "not in good taste":

Rishi Bhutada, treasurer of the Hindu American PAC, told Diya TV “Hindus are supporting all sorts of political views. As a group, I don’t think they are supporting one candidate.” When asked about the deification of Trump in the poster by ‘Hindus for America’, Bhutada called the group “overly enthusiastic” and said “it’s probably not in good taste to cast a Presidential candidate in the same pose as a Hindu deity.”


There was absolutely no valid reason to equate our nascent logo depicting Donald Trump sitting in a lotus position (padmāsana) BEHIND a lotus to his supposed deification as Vishnu. First and foremost, while Hindu iconography often depicts almost any god or non-god sitting upon a lotus, Lord Vishnu is most often imaged sitting upon his mount, the god-snake Shesha. And while yes, Hindu deities and revered humans are often seen sitting in the padmāsana pose UPON a lotus, once again please take a look at the nascent logo and see that Donald Trump is most definitely BEHIND the red, white and blue lotus.  Verily, view carefully enough and you will see that it is Donald Trump who is in the pupil position here, hopefully eventually to be enlightened by the American Hindu influence. Please note, we are "HINDUS for Trump", not "TRUMP for Hindus"... the direction of energy flow is from us to him and not the other way around... Trump is in no way depicted as a god here. 


Ms. Bose also seemed to find our (again nascent) logo "strange"... as if this combination of lotus and politician was somehow unprecedented.  The current logo of the ruling party of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party, is that of a lotus.  The party leader and current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, a man who Donald Trump says brings "optimism" to India, is often shown sitting in or popping out of a lotus in party member iconography and promotional materials. However very few if any would ever claim that Modi's supporters are depicting him as Lord Vishnu!  


If Ms. Bose and her Huffpo affiliates are really so interested in reporting on the defamation of Hindu gods, they need not manufacture false allegations against us, they can very easily find genuine malicious intent in Bollywood.  The 2014 Bollywood flick "PK" depicts a scene of the Hindu god Shiva using a public bathroom and being mildly assaulted by the movie's main "protagonist" (played by Muslim actor Aamir Khan) whose character is mocking and disrespectful to Hindu gurus. Ms. Bose can also look into Indian Muslim artist M. F. Husain who paints Hindu gods in the nude but has never depicted the Muslim god Allah in the same compromising position. Here is a real assault on our Hindu deities that can be reported on, not some typical lotus/politician montage.


Ms. Bose and her media colleagues must stop with their nefarious agenda of dividing Hindus. Fortunately for them, they need not go far to report on real defamation of Hindu iconography. The anti-Hindu Awaaz Network splashed an image of Narendra Modi wielding a sword, with an Om turning into a Nazi Swastika across the British Parliament during Modi’s U.K. visit. Where was this media’s subtle inflammatory insinuation? Where was the expertly tailored denunciation? Instead of putting forth a forceful condemnation of the flagrant disrespect of Hindu symbols, the Scroll and its English language affiliates in India and abroad, used this rank action to further malign Hindu organizations and Modi.

In a mature Democracy, the right to criticize a government, leader, or group is certainly protected speech. But what many will find outright objectionable is the blatant disregard for their sacred symbols, and the complete lack of any condemnation from the media they have entrusted for fair and balanced reportage.  Ms. Bose may want to invest her time in reporting this real issue where a group deliberately misuses religious symbols. A word of heartfelt advice to Ms. Bose and the broader media fraternity is: please do not read defamation where there is none, and please do not invent stories for the sake of creating friction and divisions among the Hindu community. There are far more grave issues for you to focus on.

Perhaps Ms. Bose and Huffpo can correct their article and remove these false allegation against us.



Friday, February 12, 2016

Evidence that USA Hindus are supporting Trump

Sources estimate that there are between 1.5 million and 2.5 million Hindus living in the USA. But is there any evidence that this growing demographic is organizing to support Trump?  Yes!  And this support is coming from some of the most influential and widely respected names within the Hindu community. 

Indian-Americans For Trump 2016

Now it is an obvious fact that not all American Hindus support Trump, maybe not even most, but yes, many American Hindus are rallying to elect Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Evidence for this fact can be found in the burgeoning American Hindu political scene, an arena which has yet to be noticed by the mainstream.  On January 21, 2016, four Hindu Americans launched the PAC "Indian-Americans For Trump 2016".  The launch of the PAC was significant enough to be reported by top media such as NBCThe Hindu, and The Times of India. The founders of "Indian-Americans For Trump 2016" are well known members of the American Hindu community. Dr. Sudhir Parikh, MD is the Advisory Chair for the organization, he is also the owner of Parikh World Media, an umbrella corporation which houses news outlets influential among Hindus such as Desi Talk, The Indian American and The Gujrat Times. The group's president is Dr. A.D. Amar, PhD, Professor of Management (strategy, policy and knowledge) at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. New York-based attorney Anand Ahuja serves as vice president, and the unmistakable New Jersey businessman Devendra "Dave" Makkar is treasurer. These names are not unknown in the American Hindu social and political circuit. 

Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) Endorses Trump

However, this is not the first presidential endorsement by Hindus for Donald Trump.  The world renowned and cross-sectional "Indian American Intellectuals Forum" (IAIF) endorsed Donald Trump for president back in August of 2015 in the release of their widely circulated "India World Geopolitics" print newspaper.  IAIF was founded by the late Narain Kataria, an almost universally respected man whose funeral was attended by hundreds in New York City.  Kataria was a Hindu from Sindh Pakistan who was forced to flee his home after Pakistan became an Islamic State in the 1950's which sparked Muslim pogroms against Hindus and other minorities (Christians and Sikhs). Narain Kataria spent much of his retired years warning Americans about the dangers of Islamization and highlighting the plight of Hindus under Islamic rule in Pakistan and Bangladesh.  You can read his works on his blog (here). Kataria and his IAIF crew were part of the organizing force which brought Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Madison Square Garden on September 28th of 2014, also organizing a rally for Modi outside the United Nations the day before. The IAIF's full back cover advertisement for Trump in their "India World Geopolitics" newspaper reads:

"Problems of America and the world are unprecedented, America needs a President who can solve problems, cure economy, make excellent deals, deliver results, counter challenges and threats to the nation with strong will and inspire the nation to new direction . That is Donald Trump. He needs no favor from any quarter. All that he seeks is your support to get the start for a new and safe America and towards a more secure world." - See Last Page Of "India World Geopolitics".  

If this is not resounding endorsement than nothing is. 

Hindus Break With Democrat Tradition
Launch "Hindu Republican Coalition"

Like many immigrant groups, Indian Hindus have always traditionally voted Democrat.  However, recent events have shown a growing fissure between the community and the DNC.  As reported in The Hill in November of 2015, Capitol Hill saw the launch of the new "Hindu Republican Coalition", founded by Chicago-based businessman Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar.  "Kumar, who is close to India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has relationships in the Republican Party dating back to the Reagan administration" The Hill reports. The launch was attended by GOP heavy hitters such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas). Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  While the Hindu Republican Coalition has not officially endorsed Trump for president, the formation of the coalition shows a changing mentality among the American Hindu electorate.

Answer Raise New Questions 

When one accepts the fact that there is indeed a reputable constituency of Hindus who are supporting Donald Trump for president, it naturally leads to the question "why?'. This is the very question #HindusForTrump wants to raise in the minds of the American public, why would many American Hindus support such a controversial candidate?  The 2016 presidential election will serve as a platform for Hindu Americans to bring their unique perspective to the forefront, their perspective on such issues as Islam, illegal immigration, investment opportunities, socialism and military alliances.